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Norwegian feelings

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#1 When we arrived in Preikestolen, it felt like we’d stepped through a rip in the space-time continuum… as if we’d fallen into the photos we’d been admiring for months. That was it… we’d arrived. It was our turn to soak in the moment and capture it forever.

© Bertrand Lawal

© Bertrand Lanneau

#2 Norway radiates a sense of freedom. Nature belongs to everyone, so we could camp wherever we wanted. The cliffs had no barriers, even in the most touristy spots. There were no rules to follow… we could light a campfire wherever and whenever we wanted. It was up to us to accept the risks. It’s as if this country assumes its inhabitants will be responsible, both permanent residents and those just passing through. You can sleep wherever, but you respect the place by leaving nothing but footprints. You can admire the view and even get close to the edge, but no one will be there to catch you if the wind blows a little too hard. You can enjoy your campfire, but you protect your environment. In short, there are fewer rules, more freedom, and more common sense to help everyone live together better.

© Bertrand Lawal

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#3 The midnight sun disrupted us every day. At first, we marvelled at the constant light. The sunsets were infinite and the red sphere floating over the waves never disappeared. We were definitely amazed. And then we realised we love the sun most of all when it also sets. There’s nothing like seeing the sun disappear and knowing that it will rise the next morning. We missed that feeling. The constant light bothered us. We had trouble falling asleep and mornings were difficult. We really missed dark, starry nights.

© Bertrand Lawal

© Bertrand Lanneau

#4 On the road to Kystriksveien, an hour from Bodo, we were stunned into silence by an indescribable scene. We didn’t say a word. The only sound was a Beirut song, the cavernous voice of the band’s lead singer echoing in the van. The midnight sun was on the mountains, their reflection in the fjord’s crystalline water. The surface was calm, with just a few ripples from a boat with two fishermen in it. I felt overwhelming gratitude. I understood just how lucky we were to be there at that moment, together. A moment of grace that brought tears to my eyes. As the song ended, so did the moment, but it will stay in our memories forever.

© Bertrand Lawal

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#5 We left Norway in a state of awe after spending more than two weeks travelling through this incredible country where we experienced such unique scenery and adventures. We regretted not meeting more Norwegians. Everywhere we went, even in little galleries or markets, we were surrounded by international seasonal workers. And we only met foreign travellers while on the road. Norway hides in the summer, fleeing the tourist hordes. Norway is timid. We’ll be back in winter to coax it out and watch it transform into an icy wonderland.

© Bertrand Lawal

© Bertrand Lanneau


[On the road, between the 59°05’39.9″N 11°15’07.4″E and the 71°10’15.5″N 25°47’00.7″E]

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